Sealed Air Revolutionizes Cleaning Industry with Robotics Technology

The most immediate benefit of cleaning robots is what is called "Daytime cleaning": the fact that there is no need to keep the facility lights on at night for cleaning purposes.

Novotechnik - New High Reliability Angle Sensors

Designed to operate in harsh environments and have high immunity to emissions

OSI Laser Diode Introduces 1490 nm High Power Pulsed Laser Diode Module

New SCW 1430 series laser diode module will be showcased at Laser World of Photonics in Munich, Germany, June 22-25, 2015, Hall A2 Booth 102.

Reaction Torquemeters Offer Digital And Analog Outputs

S. Himmelstein and Company announces new line of torque transducers. These new products are well-suited for a broad range of applications including both performance and endurance testing of pumps, motors, servo motors, gearboxes, actuators, etc. as well as calibration of torque tools.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Joins The White House "Nation of Makers" Initiative

WPI responds to President Obama's call to develop a workforce oriented towards innovation, invention, design and manufacturing.

TraceParts Publishing Network leads the way in publishing CAD models

More than 13 million industrial designers are now part of the engineering community with access to TraceParts CAD content

The Age of Smart, Safe, Cheap Robots Is Already Here

Robots have been doing tough jobs for over half a century, mostly in the automotive sector, but they’ve probably had a bigger impact in Hollywood movies than on factory floors. That’s about to change. Today’s robots can see better, think faster, adapt to changing situations, and work with a gentler touch. Some of them are no longer bolted to the factory floor, and they’re moving beyond automotive manufacturing. They’re also getting cheaper. These improvements are helping to drive demand. In fact, we expect the global industrial robot population to double to about four million by 2020, changing the competitive landscape in dozens of fields — from underground mining to consumer goods and aerospace manufacturing. Robots will allow more manufacturers to produce locally and raise productivity with a knowledge-based workforce.   Cont'd...

Through bore slip ring with other signal and power combination / Can meet your automation needs perfect

High performance, gold or fiber optic contact to ensure reliable data transfer, flexible design, industry robot, can be used in every industry.

STRATASYS SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS VALIDITY OF FDM PATENTS

U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board denies Afinia's attempts to challenge validity of Stratasys IP

Patti Engineering Announces Growing Demand for Expertise in Industrial Robotic Integration

Company with 24 year history in robotics, invests in advanced workforce training and tools to meet accelerated demand for industrial robotics programming and integration expertise in manufacturing.

Festo Advances Implementation of Industry 4.0

Festo is actively advancing the implementation of Industry 4.0: besides carrying out intensive research into intelligent components and decentralised automation, the automation producer is setting out to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 with specific solutions in process automation as well.

Amazon Challenges Robotics' Hot Topic: Perception

Capturing and processing camera and sensor data and recognizing various shapes to determine a set of robotic actions is conceptually easy. Yet Amazon challenged the industry to do a selecting and picking task robotically and 28 teams from around the world rose to the competition.

Rockwell brings factory-automation tools to smartphones, tablets

By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel:  The Texas facility that mass-produces State Fair corn dogs and Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick retooled itself recently as a hyper-automated smart factory. It installed 1,500 sensors to collect gigabytes of data on everything from raw meat inventories to wastewater and electrical usage. Then the Fort Worth factory took one extra step into the future of industrial technology: It added software that transmits all of that real-time data onto smartphones and tablets, making it possible for plant managers to monitor their production network from anywhere on the factory floor — and during coffee breaks or vacations, as well. If they choose — so far, most don't — this new breed of mobile managers can even operate factory equipment remotely, shutting off pumps or speeding up production lines. Technology has made that sort of operation as easy as playing a smartphone video game, but it can be reckless because a lot of equipment can interfere with or hurt those who are physically present. It's only a matter of time, some say, before factory controls migrate to Google Glass, the wearable displays mounted in eyeglass frames, or smart wristwatches. Cont'd...

RoboticsTomorrow Related Kickstarter Projects - June 2015

Here are some crowd funding projects of interest.

Sensors On Display: Velodyne LiDAR Featured in 'Robot Revolution,' National Touring Exhibit From Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

In Silicon Valley, Computer Museum Extends Run of 'History of Autonomous Vehicles,' Showcasing Velodyne LiDAR Sensor Technology

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ST Robotics - R17HS-6, the 6-axis version of the high speed R17 variant

ST Robotics - R17HS-6, the 6-axis version of the high speed R17 variant

The 6-axis version of the R17HS high speed variant of the R17 robot is now available. As is our policy the 6th axis is an optional bolt-on module. At the same time we have made it even faster and new software eliminates shake and greatly improves repeatability as this video shows. Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wG0MeiJ-yE. The video would seem to imply a repeatability of 0.01mm but we are sticking with 0.2mm in the spec. The motor specialist was able to tune the motors from the other side of the pond. My first reaction when we put power on and entered the first commands was to jump back in amazement (and maybe an expletive). Tip speed is now 3m/s; that's 3 times as fast as its nearest competitor yet costs half the price. I love it when a plan comes together.